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Full Sail Imperial Porter - Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room

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Full Sail Imperial PorterFull Sail Imperial Porter

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

*** NOTE: This beer is not brewed at the Pilsner Room location, rather at the main Full Sail brewery in Hood River. Please post reviews here ( http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... 5316/48420  ) until listings can be merged ***

(Beer added by: RBorsato on 04-18-2008)
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Reviews by teetotaler:
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3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first review here. much to learn.

look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | drink: 3
rDev: -13.4%

22 oz bottle poured into my usual brandy snifter
brewmaster reserve 2009

a - opaque, bomber-jacket black with dark brown edges. head has a pleasing creamed coffee appearance. head dissipates slowly with good lacing.

s -roast (as opposed to charred barrel) smoke, burnt caramel. after swirling and agitation, vegetables & smoke. not quite the sharpness of peat smoke, but close.

t - a touch of sweet before the smoke comes at full-bore. sweet fades quickly and simmers into a lingering bitterness.

m - carbonation tickles the tongue, comes on strong and fades quickly; not overly numbing for such a smokey brew. average viscosity for a stout. bitterness is very present and lingers long on the palate. i was spitting long afterward as my saliva glands went into overdrive.

d - i picked it up because i enjoy most of what full sail offers. definitely recommend pairing this with a strong meat or cheese dish, as this brew could benefit from something to balance the smokiness, and pick up where the flavor lags.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 03:04:42 | More by teetotaler
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a very dark brown, almost black with a large (2-3 finger) dark beige rocky head that lasted a good amount of time, leaving behind a large frothy collar and a bit of puddling creating some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was screaming of milk chocolate along with a strong dark roasted malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of roasted coffee, molasses, and a bit of vanilla.

The taste was bitter sweet and quite malty with notes of molasses and a good bit of coffee early on. Then it became a slight bitterer and really smooth and creamy with notes of milk chocolate and a very distinct vanilla presence at the end. The flavor lasted a decent duration with a nice mocha coffee flavor left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a bit under full in body with a smooth creamy texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall an exceptional Imperial Porter that is so well put together you can hardly notice the high alcohol content. Shame this brew is now retired...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:40:04 | More by KajII
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: black with a brown ring around the bottom of the beer. Wonderful tan 1 inch head with decent retention and good lacin

Smell: Faint hints of coffee and roasted malt. Dark chocolate is present but all the scents are very faint

Taste: Follows the nose. there is not much going on upfront but in the middle and end is where the flavors really start to shine. roasted malt and traces of chocolate coffee and nuts are there

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with a medium level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish

Overall: I really hoped this beer was gonna be better. However it lacks flavor. I want my imperial porters to be full of flavor and this one is not. Damn you full sail for letting me down on this one

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:16:15 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been in this rap/beer game so long I can remember when you could get this in 12 oz bottles in a 6pack. Anyways, was about the biggest porter you could find back in the 90s. Its appearance is very black, head is tan, ok, seriously, an imperial porter is at least a standard stout. I digress.

Aroma of deep charred coffee malt, big woody notes. Gritty powder cocoa taste, super chewy, bitterness held in check somehow. Small amount of sweetness in there, but its very small compared to all the other big ass flavors.

Very good, thick beer, somewhere between a sipper and a refresher (leaning to the sipping side), wish Full Sail still had these in 6packs.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 22:17:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a deep black color, thick tan chocolate colored head of about 3/4 of an inch that recedes slowly to leave nice laced halo.

S - A nice dark malty character and a defiant dried Italian plumb aroma as well as some chocolate and coffee whiffs. There is a slight order of hops that does come through.

T - Dark, caramel, toasty, smoked malts, some coco. Flavor is very well balanced and the hops do add to the finish.

M - Creamy feeling and hops give a slight mordancy that give it a smooth finish. Good carbonation.

O - Curious experience and well liked well made with nice aromas and a easy drink. Well worth the try.

Presentation - Poured into a tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 21:27:52 | More by Nordicmonk
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3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer in the presence of good neighbors on a warm spring night. The beer poured a nice dark rich color. Chocolate was the flavor of the beer that jumped out at me. I also noticed the pleasant malts in the beer. The beer finished with bitter hops, which I found to be okay, but not my favorite.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 22 oz bomber in Portland, OR on 2009-03-29.

A - A black brew with a foamy, brown head with good retention.

S - Mild caramel and coffee

T - Bold, toasted malt with caramel and coffee. Nice finish with medium hop bitterness. Nice.

M - Very creamy with mild carbonation

D - Good flavors make this a nice treat but not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 13:14:48 | More by Tucquan
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: As I pour the deep black beer that calls itself an imperial porter, rather than an imperial stout as it should be labeled, a thick, creamy, chocolate-colored foam emerges, rumbling out of the thick brew. This beer doesn't let light through, and it doesn't apologize for not doing so. The lush, fluffy head slowly falls to a tiny, though everlasting, skin of microbubbles atop the motor oil.

S: Aromas of molasses and honey are the first to emerge, sticky and sweet. Then, with a stronger sniff, much more hops come through. Raisins, toffee, and espresso are present, as well as a smidge of nutty, biscuit aroma, all from the malts, along with tarry pine and juniper, and a citrusy pineapple scent, all from the hops.

T: WOW! Dark, roasty smoked malts. Strong hop bite. A slight burn from the alcohol, but not much as expected, as it is well hidden behind the deep, black malts. Or is that roasted barley? The hops are bitter but still very earthy. A noble hop, perhaps Mt. Hood? Most of the same tastes as the above smells, with the addition of vanilla and a thicker, smokier taste than the smell suggests.

M: Creamy, like an oatmeal stout. The strong hops give a fair amount of astringency, but this is a very smooth beer considering its potency. The carbonation perfectly balances the creamyness and the sharpness.

D: I want to say high, but unfortunately, the 7.5% alcohol content and the 22oz. size bind me, since that much ethanol would make one bomber enough to destroy my ability to evaluate any subsequent beers, so I have to demote the drinkability to medium.

Remarkably similar to Flying Dog's Gonzo, this is a perfect imperial porter. There was a snowstorm today, and I cannot fathom a better beer for a frigid winter night than this beer. It is rich and smoky, deep and complex, and most importantly, warming

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 04:51:09 | More by SPThirtyThree
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Imperial Porter

Poured from bomber into Duvel. Generated a half inch head of caramel colored head with decent retention. Thins down to a small ring which lingers throughout. Some spotty lacing here and there.

Some chocolate on the nose, as well as a bit of alcohol and dark fruit. Very faint molasses as well. The aroma is rather delicate, but with a nice complexity.

Taste starts with baking chocolate, some light vinous qualities, a bit more chocolate again, and a small bitter at the finish. Not much in the way of roasted or burnt flavor, except a small lingering after the finish. Some dark fruit (currant maybe) in there toward the center. There is some roasted coffee here and there, but the other flavors seem to overwhelm.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin considering the ABV, but the carbonation provides a good balance considering the lightness on the palette. The carbonation is held at bay pretty well, without overpowering the rest of the brew.

Overall a good brew with a nice complexity, even though it isn't intense in any way. I'd buy again, especially for the price/size/ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 22:04:41 | More by Flashsp2
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black at the bottom, thinning to a translucent brown towards the surface. Head is light tan, and settles quickly. Lacing is very decent.

S: Mainly dark malt character with notes of dried fruit, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. The hops are almost non-present.

T: The beer starts off with caramel, chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit character. It is more balanced in the flavor than the smell. Hops lend a nice dry finish to it.

M: The one thing this beer lacks for it's style. It is a bit thin on the palate, especially for being called an imperial porter.

D: Full Sail did a good job with this release. Although lacking in body, the flavors and aromas are very nice, and is quite easy to drink. Not my favorite porter, but it's still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 05:59:53 | More by WYVYRN527
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark, dark brown with a tan head that dissipated quickly to crown the beer in the glass. Definite coffee and chocolate aroma typical of the malts. Ample bitterness with the roasted malts and some very prevalent sweetness backing it up. Great complexities of flavors with a nice smooth, yet still chewy feel. Drinks easy and smooth. ABV is not so high to limit consumption greatly.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 04:57:40 | More by jacobseyb
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Remy Martin snifter.

Appearance: The brown head is very slow to form, and pretty quick to leave. Retention is downright bad. Decent lacing though, which is surprising. Body is black and totally opaque - quite impressive actually. (Last pour was beautiful: lots of dense head and lots of webby lacing.)

Smell: Roasted malt, charred caramel, coffee, and other residual sugars. Muddled, but pleasant.

Taste: Roasted malt, charred caramel, and dark chocolate are the most apparent flavors at first. Beer finishes roasty with firm, salty bitterness. Toffee emerges later on.

Mouthfeel: Thin, especially for something with the "imperial" label. Lightly carbonated, sugary, and dry in the finish. Aftertaste is mild, roasty, and enjoyable. (Last pour yielded a body that was actually creamy and pretty nice.)

Drinkability: Nothing special here. Hardly "imperial" in my book: thin in body, and lacking in complexity/richness. Would not buy again, even at just $4.00/bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 04:05:36 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce bomber bottle, courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks, John!

The brew pours a super-dark burnt-chestnut color, the hue borderlining ink-black save a twinkle of dusty ruby at the extreme periphery, and is trimmed with a half-finger's depth of creamy khaki-colored foam. From the get-go, an aroma of toffee and licorice-laced dark coffee languishes above a fading bubble-cap that finally comes to rest at a broken sheet, leaving a thin ragged web of lacing clinging to the inside of my dimpled seidel.

The taste is dark and roasty with notes of black coffee accented with a tad of bitter baker's chocolate. As the drink warms a bit, a sweeter chocolate note topped with a sprinkle of crushed toffee begins to shine, but a mildly-tangy touch of char and a dusty hop note emerge in short order, squelching the uprising, keeping the overall character of Imperial Porter quite dry and politely bitter.

This is one easy-drinking brew for one with an ABV of 7.5%, and is surprisingly light-medium in body with superfine carbonation. I would keep this one in the fridge all the time if I could get it in the Down East. Thanks again for the opportunity, John!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 21:59:55 | More by cvstrickland
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Near midnight black, with rosewood highlights. A foamy tan head has OK retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Strong aromas of espresso, baking chocolate and even a bit of molasses. There's a faint grassy aroma in the background.

T: Bittersweet, with a lean to the sweet side. Chocolate, espresso and molasses make up the bulk of the flavor. An earthy and burnt bitterness has just enough oomph to keep the sweeter flavors in check. A mild alcohol warmth adds an extra dimension. Finishes with lingering molasses and burnt wood flavors.

M: The medium-heavy body is syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too high.

D: A good pickup on a cold and snowy evening. Worth a revisit down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:49:24 | More by Rayek
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 for 22 oz. bomber.

Pours jet black with a towering dark tan head. Good retention and a fairly high amount of lacing on this one. Quite impressive pour.

Nose is loaded with rich, fruity malts. Black grapes, boysenberries, cookies, and dark candi sugar. This one seems fairly sweet. I dig it in the nose, but let's hope the taste has some roast in it to balance and dry it out.

Taste is moderately sweet, with a good amount of dark fruit dominating the palate. There are some nice roast flavors, smooth coffee, slightly earthy, that do come to the rescue, the result is a fairly tasty brew. Lots of those black grapes still dominate, though, and the finish has sugary cookie dough. Overall a nice blend of flavors, decent complexity, pretty good stuff even though in the end it is still a bit sweet. Medium to full body is not so heavy, but does have a very nice, almost oatmeal slickness to it. Medium-high carbonation, which I feel is appropriate to prevent cloying.

A pretty nice imperial porter, actually one of the best Full Sail products I have had, better than their imperial stout for sure. Relative bargain too at this price. Also recommend the barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:43:55 | More by vacax
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) nice lacing. tiny bubbles floating to top; well carbonated. looks thin and porter like.

S) cocoa, coconut, molasses

T) exactly what smelled but also some vanilla as well. Lots of smokiness

F) smooth, nice mouthful for porter.

D) This is a great imperial porter. but this becomes on of my favorite burboun beers once it becomes the Top Sail BA.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 04:58:14 | More by mykie73
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Full Sail Imperial Porter from Full Sail Brewery at Riverplace / The Pilsner Room
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